Document covering what we know, and are assuming, regarding Twist, Damascus & Laminated Steel production in the U.S.https://docs.google.com/document/d/12y9006Ur7mMCqdeeye89c7L4DQrc2iXR8p4S6OIN1bA/edit
We all have seen the Ithaca envelopes and ads featuring "Uncle Bob"
I came across this ad in "Shields' Magazine" 1908, which I have not previously seen
The June, 1909 "Outer's Book, A Magazine of Outdoor Interest" had an article about “Uncle Bob” which stated that from 1861-1865 he worked in Brookton, an Ithaca N.Y. suburb, where there was a barrel factory making steel barrels for the U.S. Government, and iron and stub twist barrels for the local gunsmiths and gunmakers of the period. The stub twist barrels were made of horseshoe nails brought in by the country's blacksmiths. “...to the best of his knowledge today he was the only man in the United States working at barrel boring who ever made twist and damascus barrels.”
It is likely part of the article was reproduced in "Rod and Gun in Canada", July, 1909https://archive.org/stream/rodguncan11cana/rodguncan11cana#page/162/mode/1up
"Uncle Bob" was still mentioned in Ithaca ads in 1910https://books.google.com/books?id=R5RAAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA48&lpg